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Fall 2015 Activities


  • Co-edited a special issue of the Journal of American History entitled, “Historians and the Carceral State.”
  • Co-wrote Introduction: Constructing the Carceral State
  • Coedited of a special issue of the Journal of Urban History entitled “Urban Spaces and the Carceral State.”
  • Co-wrote Introduction: Rethinking Urban America through the Lens of the Carceral State
  • Putting the Oregon Standoff in Perspective: America’s History of Protest and Its Ironies Huffington Post. January 6, 2016.

Papers presented and public lectures

  • Guest Speaker, Civil Rights and the Carceral State in the Clinton Years. Old State House. Little Rock, Arkansas. November 17, 2015
  • Guest Speaker. Why Mass Incarceration Matters. The University of Toronto. Toronto, Ontario. November 2, 2015.
  • Guest Speaker. Inner-City Violence in the Age of Mass Incarceration. Stony Brook University. New York. October 27, 2015.
  • Guest Speaker, Women and Mass Incarceration. Roundtable for Piper Kerman’s Shaw Lecture. The University of Michigan. October 12, 2015
  • Congressional Staff Briefing on Mass Incarceration. Washington, DC. October 9, 2015
  • Guest Speaker, Why Mass Incarceration Matters to North Carolina. North Carolina Commission on Racial and Ethnic Issues. October 1, 2015
  • October 12, 2015. Guest Speaker. Engaging Race: The Carter G. Woodson Forum on Violence, Citizenship, and Social Justice. University of Virginia. August 27, 2015


  • Appointed Editorial Advisory Board Member, Advances in Sustainability and Environmental Justice. Journal.
  • Appointed, Humanities Scholar for the Humanities Action Lab’s nationally traveling, multi-platform public humanities project on the history and human experience of incarceration. The New School for Public Engagement.



  • Interview with Heather Ann Thompson re writing history of mass incarceration and doing public work on this issue.
    • Part One: November 3, 2015
    • Part Two: November 5, 2015